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Episode 74: Gail Goestenkors, Coaching Full Circle
25th September 2019 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Gail Goestenkors, Coaching Full Circle Guest: Gail Goestenkors, Assistant Coach of Indiana Fever at the WNBA   One of the most accomplished women’s basketball coaches in the nation, Gail Goestenkors, guided squads at Duke University and the University of Texas-Austin. During her tenure, she guided her teams to 18 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, four NCAA Final Fours, seven NCAA Elite Eight appearances and a NCAA record seven consecutive 30-win seasons.   The WBCA Hall of Fame Coach was AP National Coach of the Year in 2007 and WBCA & Naismith Coach of the Year in 2003. Goestenkors was also a seven-time ACC Coach of the Year selection. Goestenkors was a two-time assistant coach for the gold medal winning USA Basketball Olympic team and Head Coach for the gold medal winning USA U-19 World Championship Team, where she was also named the USAB Coach of the Year.   Goestenkors also served as a consultant and assistant with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and was an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever. Goestenkors most recently served as an Analyst for ESPN calling Women’s College Basketball games.   After enjoying a successful coaching & broadcasting career, Gail has entered the consulting business as Co-Owner of Coaching Full Circle.   Breakdown 1:00 - Coaching Full Circle Consulting 2:00 - Player Led Team 5:00 - Moving From Head Coach to WNBA 6:30 - Players Leading Scouting Other Teams 8:00 - The things she made to make her players comfortable in Scouting 10:00 - Practice on the court 12:30 - Coaches Innovating in Today's Game  15:00 - Personalities of coaches in their Practice Nowadays 17:00 - Learnings from WNBA experience transfer to College Coaching 20:00 - Every water break treated as a Timeout 21:30 - Players as the decision makers 22:30 - The Game is the Best Conditioning 24:00 - Sideline Out of Bounds Plays 26:00 - Defensive Concepts on Sideline Out of Bounds Plays 27:00 - Manage Special Situations 29:00 - Staff Practice 31:00 - Evaluating her Post-Game 32:00 - Evaluating her player's game 35:00 - Best practices for coaches in her opinion 37:30 - Advice to young Coaches 40:30 - Advice in Coaches in Transition 43:00 - Relationship team Building Activities 46:00 - Open Things Up with her Players 49:00 - The lessons she learned along the way 50:40 - Conclusion   Gail Goestenkors’s Bio Bio: Twitter:    Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at




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